COVID-19 has impacted mental health for almost everyone. If you are feeling down in the dumps, anxious, lonely, or unmoored you are not alone. Here are some mental health resources that may be helpful, whether you are worried about a friend, are looking for someone to talk to, or are looking for tips on self-care.

UVM Resources

UVM offers a variety of mental health resources, from clinical mental health servics and workshops within Counseling and Psychiatry Services to the Interfaith Center and the Mosaic Center for Students of Color that support holistic and community healing.

Counseling, Mental Health First Aid, and Mental Wellbeing

Counseling & Psychiatric Services (CAPS)

Phone and after hours: (802) 656-3340

  • Can provide in-the-moment support  
  • Can coordinate assessment and communication with academic units
  • CAPS has clinicians who hold diverse identities and backgrounds and are in embedded in identity centers across campus. 

Student Health Services: Jan Shamberger, MACP, LADC

Phone: (802) 656-3350

  • Provide assessment, intervention, education, short term counseling, and referrals for students experiencing mental health or substance misuse issues.
  • Support students with stress management and adjustment to college life.
  • Assist students who are struggling with sleep issues.

Health and Wellbeing Education and Outreach @ Living Well

  • Can provide equity-informed and racially-aware programming and services on wellbeing and substance use supports/education.
  • Can assist in coordination and connection to other supportive services.
  • Offers Mental Health First Aid and other mental health workshops

CARE Form

  • Submit a CARE form if you are concerned about an UVM community member (peer or other)

Substance Use Resources

Counseling & Psychiatric Services (CAPS)

Phone and after hours: (802) 656-3340

  • Request a clinician who specializes in substance use counseling.

Student Health Services: Jan Shamberger, MACP, LADC

Phone: (802) 656-3350

  • Provide assessment, intervention, education, short term counseling, and referrals for students experiencing substance misuse and mental health issues.
  • Support students with stress management and adjustment to college life.
  • Assist students who are struggling with sleep issues.

Catamount Recovery Program

Email: recovery@uvm.edu 

  • An inclusive and equity-informed collegiate supportive recovery community at UVM.
  • Can provide opportunity to start reflective process around relationship with substances.
  • You do not have to identify as someone in recovery to reach out.

T-Break Guide (Tolerance Break Guide)

  • A culturally responsive tool to support taking a tolerance break from cannabis use.

Other Resources

Student Health Services

Phone: (802) 656-3340

  • Can provide access to services and supports for physical, mental, behavioral, and sexual health.
  • Can assist in coordination and connection to other supportive services.

Interfaith Center

Phone: (802) 656-4703
Email: Laura.Engelken@uvm.edu 

  • Focuses on personal sustainability/resilience and a matter of diversity and equity.
  • Creates opportunities for spiritual practice, community, etc. Involves addressing individual access, cultural visibility, and institutional structures (e.g., religious accommodations in academics). The aim is for people to be able to bring their full selves to their studies, work, and lives at UVM – including their religious or philosophical identity. For many students of color, the strengths of “spiritual capital” is often a neglected part of the community cultural wealth they possess.

Mosaic Center for Students of Color

Phone: (802) 656-3819

  • Student center and space designated to the personal growth and overall positive development of self-identified QTBIPOC students at UVM.
  • Hosts weekly drop-in conversations with identity-affirming counselors.
  • Can assist in coordination and connection to other supportive services.

UVM Office of Student and Community Relations

Phone: (802) 656-9405

  • Offers support for students living off-campus, including resources related to food insecurity, housing insecurity, and renters' rights. 

Prism Center

Phone: (802)-656-8637

  • Student center and space designated to support and empower students who hold the identities of LGBTQ, as well as students whose identities fall in between and expand these identities.
  • Hosts weekly drop-in conversations with identity-affirming counselors. 
  • Can assist in coordination and connection to other supportive services.

Student Accessibility Services

Phone: (802) 656-7753

  • Student services center designated to support and empower students who hold live with a learning, emotional, mental, and/or mental disability.
  • Can assist in coordination and connection to other supportive services and related to academic needs.

UVM Women and Gender Equity Center

Phone: (802) 656-7892

  • Student services center designated to provide advocacy services for those who have experienced sexual or intimate partner violence and to explore the intersections of gender and other identities while providing advocacy support and other services.
  • Hosts weekly drop-in conversations with identity-affirming counselors.
  • Can assist in coordination and connection to other supportive services

Food Insecurity Resources for UVM Students

  • On- and off-campus resources to help students experiencing food insecurity. 

 

Hotline Services (Local and National)

  • VT Crisis Text Line  24 hour mental health crisis support: text 741741
  • First Call Chittenden County Crisis Line: 802-488-7777: Mental health crisis assessment and support. Clinicians can provide assessment over the phone, or via Zoom.
  • Howard Center Main Line: 802-488-6000 https://howardcenter.org: Chittenden County’s Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Hub.
  • National Grad Crisis Line: 877-472-3457: Support line specifically for graduate students.
  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 802-273-8255: 24/7 Suicide prevention support.

POC Specific

  • TEXT STEVE to 741741 to access a culturally trained Crisis Text Line counselor.

LGBTQA Specific

  • Transgender Crisis Hotline: 877-656-8860: Support for trans identified people in crisis.
  • The Trevor Project: 866-488-7386: Crisis Support and Intervention for the LGBTQ+  <25 years old community
  • LGBTQA+ Hotline: 888-843-4564: Support and Intervention for the LGBTQA community of all ages

Veterans

  • Veterans Help Line: 800-273-8255: Phone or Text crisis support for all veterans, service members, national guard and reserves, and their family and friends.

Substance Use and Recovery Support

If you are in recovery know that there are many online resources to help support you.

  • Alcoholics Anonymous Online
    A platform offering virtual AA meetings. Find schedules, resources, and connections to others in recovery.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings in Vermont Find meetings in Vermont.
  • Refuge Recovery 
    Directory of online recovery meetings focused on supporting the refugee population.
  • In the Rooms 
    A “Global Recovery Community” supporting 500,00+ members. The sites provides access to online recovery support meetings, resources to maintain sobriety, and opportunities to connect with others in recovery.
  • WeConnect 
    An app based recovery platform, WeConnect is also currently offering free online recovery support meetings.

Other Resources: 
Links to AA Online and In The Rooms, as well as links to Speaker Tapes of AA speakers available to stream and download

Disordered Eating Support

National Eating Disorders AssoiciationCOVID-19 Resources Page
List of resources for virtual support for eating disorder recovery.

The Eating Disorder Foundation 
Site containing links to resources and support around disordered eating behavior. Currently offering free online support meetings with registration.

Additional Tele-Therapy Resources

  • Wellfleet Student CareConnect
    For students with UVM insurance, this is a platform that connects Wellfleet enrolled students to support via a crisis line (1-888-857-5462), and can help provide resources including community providers through their mobile app.
  • Talkspace Online Therapy 
    Online counseling by text, audio or video messaging at an affordable cost 
  • Better Help 
    Professional online counselors available 24/7, private and affordable 
  • Shrink Space 
    Connects students living in Vermont with counselors in the Burlington area for longer-term, ongoing counseling

Mental Health and COVID-19 Concerns

This global pandemic is a time of heightened anxiety and distress for all.  These resources offer some information and supports for Coronivirus specific concerns.